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Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Clinical Nurse Specialist

I completed my mental health nurse training way back in 1995. A lot has happened for me between then and now, professionally and personally. My career has mostly been in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in community and inpatient NHS settings. My 25 years of mental health nursing has provided me with a wealth of experience in mental health conditions. My most recent NHS post was with Specialist Children’s Services where I received a nomination for Learning from Excellence for my work. In 2018 I took a 3 year career break from the NHS to devote more time to looking after our foster children with Autism and ADHD. During this time I worked hard to improve my skills and knowledge in how to best support children with a neurodevelopmental condition and it is from this that my interest in neurodiversity grew. Outside of work I am kept busy being a daughter, a wife and a mum. My family keep me motivated to be the best that I can. I also have a lively springer spaniel to keep me active.

Each day I ask myself “What have you done today to make you feel proud”.

Qualifications & Training:

  • Diploma in Education (Nursing)
  • BSc Mental Health Nursing
  • Diagnostic Intervention for Social and Communication Disorders
  • South of Scotland CBT Certificate
  • CBT for ASD
  • Child Protection Level 3
  • Adult Support and Protection Contemporary Child and Adult Psychotherapy
  • Childhood Trauma, the brain and the social world
  • Treating complex PTSD
  • ADHD in girls and women
  • Developmental Psychology

Important notice

Unfortunately – due to a Viral Infection that has swept through our service most of our staff are either unwell or off work incapacitated by illness.

As such there may be a delay in responding to emails and actioning enquiries.

Our apologies and thank you for your patience.